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Danielle Manson

Year of Call: 2016

Danielle joined chambers in 2020 and represents defendants in all areas of criminal law and associated work. She has particular expertise in representing children and young people and is known for being extremely personable as well as technically and strategically astute.

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Danielle has a wealth of experience across the general crime spectrum, having represented defendants charged with serious violence, the supply and production of drugs and firearms offences and has already undertaken work beyond her call. She is an advocate who can be relied upon completely and always delivers in an outstanding and detailed way.

Youth Justice & Child Rights

Danielle is committed to providing high quality, accessible representation to children within the criminal justice system. She has an affable approach and is adept at explaining complex issues and arguments in a clear and simple way.

She has a wealth of experience in both the Youth and Crown Court, defending children who are charged with offences across the general crime spectrum. She has particular expertise in representing children who are the victims of modern slavery, especially those who have been exploited as part of county lines drug dealing.

Danielle also sits on JUSTICE’s racial disparity in the Youth Justice system working party and is a contributing author to the Youth Justice Legal Centre’s legal updates.

 

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Protest Law

Danielle has extensive experience of representing individuals charged with criminal offences arising out of protests, including but not limited to the Extinction Rebellion uprisings, the Stop the Arms Fair campaign and the Black Lives Matter movement. She is committed to upholding convention rights and holding the state and police to account.

Danielle is also a committee member of ‘Black Protest Legal Support’ (‘BPLS’) which was formed following the death of George Floyd in America, and has been responsible for training and co-ordinating over 100 barristers and solicitors as Legal Observers.

Danielle also contributed to a recent piece for British Vogue which outlined legal rights whilst protesting.

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Background

Prior to commencing pupillage Danielle worked at law reform charity JUSTICE as their criminal justice policy intern where her research contributed to JUSTICE’s intervention in the Supreme Court case of R (on the application of Hallam) and R (on the application of Nealon) v Secretary of State for Justice [2019] UKSC 2 in relation to the statutory provisions governing eligibility for compensation for miscarriages of justice. 

Whilst studying law at university, Danielle also managed the Innocence Project; working on a range of criminal appeals and applications to the Criminal Cases Review Commission (‘CCRC’). In recognition of her commitment to the project, she was nominated for the Chancellor’s Medal upon graduation and continues to sit on the CCRC’s Stakeholder Forum as an established practitioner.

Awards

Bursary Award for Excellence in Advocacy (Criminal Bar Association)

Lord Denning Scholarship (The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn)

JUSTICE Internship Award (Kalisher Trust)

Appearances

Danielle is regularly approached by members of the press and asked to comment on issues concerning the criminal justice system. She has appeared on Radio 4’s Law in Action, the BBC Sunday Politics Show and featured in pieces written for the Financial Times and the Times.

BBC Radio 4 Law in Action, on 'Raising the Bar?' with Joshua Rozenberg (June 2019)

The Financial Times Magazine: Justice for all? Inside the legal aid crisis (September 2018)

The Times: The Changing face of the Modern Bar (November 2018)

Education

BPTC, the College of Law (Very Competent)

LLB Law, the University of Sheffield (2.1)

Professional Membership

Criminal Bar Association Social Mobility Committee

Young Barristers Committee

Bar Council Social Mobility Advocate

Young Legal Aid Lawyers

The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn

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